Have you always wondered what would happen if the crew of Star Trek’s Enterprise met the Transformers of Cybertron?
As comic book crossovers go, this one’s pretty interesting. I have to wonder about IDW saying it’s an event that fans have demanded for decades though. I certainly don’t recall anyone asking for a Star Trek vs Transformers comic. Still, it is kind of neat, and I can’t deny that the aesthetic (which pulls from the 1970’s Trek cartoon) is flat-out awesome.
Talent from both worlds will be coming together for the mini. Star Trek comics’ Mike Johnson will be teaming with the Transformers’ John Barber to form the writing team. As for the art, penciler Philip Murphy will be joined by colorist Leonardo Ito in that arena.
And the storyline? Well, it’s completely nutty. But that might be good.
At the edge of Klingon space, the Enterprise answers a distress call, discovering a dilithium mine under siege by jets and helicopters of vintage 20th Century design. When a red, flat-nosed truck rolls in to save the day, the no-holds barred Saturday morning mash-up truly begins!
Here are some quotes from the team:
Co-writer Mike Johnson, whose vast Star Trek comic book credits include the acclaimed Countdown and Star Trek / Green Lantern storylines, says, “This is a crossover several decades in the making, and we could not be more thrilled to bring it to fans! John and I are having a blast writing the first meeting of Starfleet and Cybertronians, and Phil is the perfect artist to bring these two franchises together on the page.”
“The funny thing is, even though I’m the Transformers guy on this comic (I’ve written a lot of Transformers comics, after all), I’ve always been a huge Star Trek fan, ever since I was a kid,” says John Barber, co-writer and IDW’s newly-minted Editor-in-Chief. “When I was in fifth grade, I remember my teacher joking at the end of the year that maybe someday I’d wind up writing Star Trek… and it’s a thrill to finally get to!”
Philip Murphy, whose IDW credits include The Powerpuff Girls and Star Wars Adventures, says, “This is definitely a dream-come-true project for me. It’s my first time getting to draw Transformers and Star Trek. Not only am I a huge Trek fan, but I was born in the ’80s so I grew up in the golden era of Saturday morning cartoons – and The Transformers was definitely on the top of my list! This comic really means something special to me.”
Chase Marotz, associate editor, says, “Star Trek vs. Transformers is finally giving us the chance to combine two of our most prominent licenses in a style that will delight both fans of the original animated series and new readers. David Mariotte and I are having a great time editing it and we can’t wait until the fans get to see it for themselves.”